Saturday, June 11, 2016

Day three



Frog sharing my full English breakfast.

Angela got her first taste of big city as we were leaving the hotel today - as we were reaching the main road in Dublin some guy with bandages on his arm and clearly disturbed stopped dead in his tracks and yelled LOUDLY "Stop Reading me mind" to no one beside him, then just kept on walking past us.  I just chuckled and kept moving... Angela wasn't too thrilled with the weirdo hollering in the streets.  Welcome to the big city.  Folks were sleeping on the side walks all over as well.  Fun, stuff!

We walked on by and got our tickets to the "Hop On/Hop Off" bus for the day!  (Callous folks that we are - ha!)
Bright sunny day to see the sights!
 St Peters Cathedral

 Random building with window boxes and weeds growing from the top!
Streets of Dublin
 We went BY it today but no tickets as all museums are closed on Mondays. Sigh. AND we had to buy tickets on one as it was a super popular tour. By the way. Gaol is pronounced Jay-ol. So it's Kill-my-nham jail. Fun fact and tidbit.
 Theses tiny flowers were EVERYWHERE!! No clover, but lots of flowers.
 This is one of the dirty parks. Lots of garbage!!

 The Spire on the main street of Dublin.


 The clipper you can see in the distance is a US ship in dock for a little while here in Dublin - the flag is almost bigger than the whole ship!
 The ship is the USCGC Eagle and is visiting Dublin for the first time in 20 years.  They sailed for three weeks from Connecticut to get to Dublin and were staying for a week.  They even gave tours of the ship.  "There are 148 Coast Guard cadets on board and about 70 more crew with most having at least two days off in while on shore. They could probably do with it, shifts on board the vessel usually start at 4am and last for 12 hours."  i don't know that we ever saw the sailors, however, maybe they were some of the idiots at 2:30 am that we were hearing drunk leaving the bars?  Nawh, most we heard sounded to be more locals.
Rugby stadium. For Robert.

 borrowed picture with a professional perspective.....
 and one more because they are soooo pretty!
 The reality of what they looked like to us... the light was filtered through blinds, but it was mid day and the lighting was quite harsh as it was very sunny this day!
Love tiny doors in huge doors!  This is the entry to Trinity College - can you imagine having to fight tourists to get to and from school?  Nope, me either!

On to the Guinness Storehouse!


Not too shabby - surprisingly so.

 appropriate that Frog would show on a Hop on/off buss!
Unsure why I liked this cute little place other than its right inside the gate to the Zoo and walled garden/park of Dublin

Then to an early dinner....


The "new room"

The new view

Rive Liffey is right there!!  (just past the red car that is parked)

Day two


Dropping into sunrise!


IRELAND!!
Lush and green!!
And we're off the plane, finding out hotel and striking out to see the town.
The hotel, which is right in the middle of Temple Bar. Lesson learned on Temple Bar. Visit. Don't stay there...but I digress, I am just getting started for the day!

The bus from the airport was quite easy and quick to find. We made it to our hotel with no issue.

Then off to explore (and fight sleep!!)
A door at the Christ Church Cathedral
Details
Pretty church but the bells. They became a bit of a joke. We stopped to see if our room was ready a few times throughout the day only to have it not ready until after 3pm so we went by this church too many times and spent some time in a park downhill from the church.
That cross in the distance is what made us find St Aubouns Church (more on that later)

The park appears to be a dog park mostly. The human park had garbage all over it. Yuck!!
Outside the market walkway from Ha'penny bridge.
(https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ha%27penny_Bridge)

We were showing our travel about now - ha!!

We found a VERY nice park with the help of our hotel reception. St Stephens Green (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Stephen%27s_Green)
This man had a suitcase full of bird seed. The pigeons and seagulls loved him.
Nice park.
But we had to get up and get moving again!!

Then we ran across St Audoens Church. It is in the shadow of Christ Church Cathedral. When we saw it we were looking for a bathroom really. So glad we needed a pit stop and took a chance on this church. It was awesome!
(http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/dublin/staudoenschurch/)








And with that tour we headed to the hotel to call it an early night!! Yay!!
Don't be jealous. We have undies on the roof!!

Yep our view. Should we wonder what is ON those Tommy undies??
My view when I was laying down. Hum... Who's in these places?? Never saw anyone.
Please note that the end of the bed is INCHES from the wall. There was ZERO chance to get to other side of the bed without crawling over the outside person. Sigh.

I asked earlier about a different room that would be quieter as there was a nightclub right below us that wasn't even open on night one but there was one open elsewhere on the block. It had a horrible disco thump throughout the night. I also asked for one I could at least get out of bed without crawling over the other person. Just a minor wish, really.

Night one was fairly quiet but I discovered how BOUNCY Angela is at night. Wow!

Before we went to bed for the night we dropped into a local pizza joint for a quick bite. Froggy joined us.